Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 211 pages

In 1971, the outlandish originator of gonzo journalism, Hunter S. Thompson (1937-2005) commandeered the international literary limelight with his best-selling, comic masterpiece Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Following his 1966 debut Hell's Angels, Thompson displayed an uncanny flair for inserting himself into the epicenter of major sociopolitical events of our generation. His audacious, satirical, ranting screeds on American culture have been widely read and admired. Whether in books, essays, or collections of his correspondence, his raging and incisive voice and writing style are unmistakable.

Conversations with Hunter S. Thompson is the first compilation of selected personal interviews that traces the trajectory of his prolific and much-publicized career. These engaging exchanges reveal Thompson's determination, self-indulgence, energy, outrageous wit, ire, and passions as he discusses his life and work.

Beef Torrey is the editor of Conversations with Thomas McGuane and co-editor of the forthcoming Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Kevin Simonson has been published in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Hustler.

 

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Contents

Hunter Thompson Craig Vetter
3
The Good Doctor Tells All about Carter
32
Still Crazy after All These Years?
48
Fear and Loathing in Hunter Thompson Harold Conrad
57
The Doctor Is In Curtis Wilkie
68
Gonzos Last Stand? The New Aspen Takes Aim at Hunter S Thompson
80
Interview with Hunter S Thompson William McKeen
92
Exclusive Interview with Hunter S Thompson Kevin Simonson
98
An Interview w th Hunter S Thompson
118
A Strange and Terrible Saga of Guns
133
An Interview with Hunter S Thompson
140
Still Gonzo after All These Years Je JKass
161
Fear and Writing Seth Mnookin
167
Bedtime for Gonzo Rentilly
176
Hunter S Thompson Keeps Moving Jesse Jarnow
195
Copyright

Still Gonzo after All These Years Richard Keil
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About the author (2008)

Hunter S. Thompson was born on July 18, 1937 in Louisville, Kentucky. At the age of sixteen he was inducted into the Athenaeum Literary Association and wrote for the Athenaeum Journal. During his two years in the US Air Force, Thompson wrote a sports column for The Common Courier. After he was discharged, he moved to New York to work as a copy boy at Time Magazine and later moved to San Juan to write for a Puerto Rican bowling magazine. He also reported to the National Observer from South America. Upon his return to the US, Thompson wrote Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga, which became a national bestseller and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was originally published in Rolling Stone magazine. Thompson wrote for Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Esquire. Both Bill Murray and Johnny Depp portrayed Hunter in feature film movies based on his books, Where the Buffalo Roam and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, respectively. Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide on February 20, 2005 at his home in Colorado.

Beef Torrey is the editor of Conversations with Thomas McGuane and coeditor of Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography.

Kevin Simonson has been published in SPIN, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, and Hustler.

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